The Electoral Commission (EC) led by Jean Mensa Adukwei the chairperson has described the election petition filed by the NDC’s John Dramani Mahama as incompetent
The Commission like the NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo has thus served notice of its intention to urge the Supreme Court to dismiss the matter immediately rather than allowing it to travel the mandatory 42 days.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says that the Declaration of President-Elect Instrument is the legitimate strategy “at law” for pronouncing a champ of a Presidential Election and not the underlying declaration by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission which has no premise in law.
This was contained in his Response dated 8 January 2021 to John Dramani Mahama’s Election Petition.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the second Respondent in the 2020 Presidential Election says in this way that the Supreme Court ought to excuse the appeal brought before it by Mahama on the grounds that it did not depend on Article 64(1) of the Constitution which makes “the legitimacy” of a political race the premise of a Presidential Election Petition. Click here to read more on the story
The NDC leader is in the Apex Court asking that it annuls the election results that saw Akufo-Addo declared as the winner.
He argues that Mr. Akufo-Addo benefitted from arithmetic errors and vote padding.
Meanwhile, the Commission says the allegation of vote padding are untrue.
Although It earlier admitted that there is the possibility of minor discrepancies as a result of computational and mathematical errors made in the course of collation.
This the EC however says did not affect the overall results as declared which somehow does not make sense since there were errors that affected the total for both parties.
The EC has noted in the response of its intention to raise an initial objection aimed at arguing that the case does not meet the minimum threshold required for a full trial to take place.